“We are incredibly fortunate to have the support of architectural firm HOK and engineering firm Saiful Bouquet to guide us through the design process. We’ve even involved some of our students in the brainstorming sessions!”
A Place Called Home (APCH) is a nonprofit youth center in South Central Los Angeles that provides children and teens with enrichment programs, counseling and mentorship. HOK is working with APCH to transform an existing warehouse across the street from its current facility into a new annex and teen center for APCH’s educational, arts and training programs.
HOK’s Los Angeles office donated architectural and interior design services for the new space, which will add 7,500 square feet of programming. The design for the new center reflects APCH’s functional needs, vision and culture.
Because they have limited space, APCH has had to turn away local teens. With the new annex, APCH will be able to accommodate more middle- and high-schoolers with educational and enrichment opportunities.”
At the new teen center, APCH will host “bridge to the future” programs to help students understand educational and work opportunities. A performance space will be used for activities including dance, band, fine arts, digital media education, theater and spoken word programs. APCH will also be able to host more community events and performances.
The sustainable design creates a healthy environment while reducing operating costs. Strategies include low- or no-VOC materials, energy efficient equipment, low-flow fixtures and a cool roof.
HOK’s Los Angeles office supports ACPH throughout the year by participating in other events like neighborhood clean-ups and holiday toy drives.
7,500 sq. ft / 696 sq. m.
Children supported by APCH every day